The real football awards 2007 awards (Part 3)

by James Baker

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

Forget the PFA Awards, forget the Oscars, the Emmys and the Brits. Knighthood? No thanks. The only awards that matter are the UK Football Finder awards for 2007 by yours truly. It’s been a hectic twelve months in the crazy world of professional football. The Premier League is officially the most watched league in the world with the most money and many of the games best players. Here is my tongue in cheek look back at the last twelve months and who deserves what award.


The Premiership’s Most Wanted:

There is a player at almost every club that other clubs love to hate. There are just some players that will always be the victims of abuse from other fans and quite frankly, most of them deserve it. Savage, Diouff, Eboue, A. Cole, Bowyer, Bellamy, Chimbonda, Mikel et al. Possibly the two most famous cases are Goldenballs himself, David Beckham and then Ronaldo after their World Cup indiscretions. This year though, I think there can only be one winner. Controversy has blighted his career and he ended 2007 doing “porridge”. Joey Barton was finally granted bail after a week inside. Will he continue on his path to self-destruction or will he sort himself out in 2008? I know which option I think it will be.


Mary Poppins Umbrella of the Year:

Sorry, Steve. A spoonful of sugar didn’t make the medicine, the alcohol or the class A drugs go down well after England’s inept performance against Croatia back in October. Those images of an England manager standing on the touchline, not knowing what to do next whilst holding a brolly were very depressing. I bet the umbrella did not make the trip to Barbados with the recently sacked manager!



Player Of The Year:

The winker at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo was crowned player of the year by football writers and the PFA last season and he has continued that form in to this season. The Spanish genius, Cesc Fabregas is my player of the season so far for his contribution to Arsenal’s great start to the campaign. Honourable mentions must go to Carlos Tevez, has one player ever been more responsible for keeping a team up? Dimitar Berbatov is a joy to watch, a bit sulky but what a player. Steven Gerrard as always has to be in the mixer. But my player of the year is Didier Drogba. Ronaldo has enough accolades and I wanted to be different! Now I know, he has not played too much this season but his absence just highlights what a good player he is. An old fashioned, English centre forward with pace (just from the Ivory Coast) his rise from zero to hero last season was amazing. I know he throws himself about and likes to moan a bit but I love watching him play. Chelsea are again at this moment without Drogs but I bet they are all hoping for the Ivory Coast to have an early exit from the African Nation’s Cup. Besides, my Fantasy Football team needs the points!!!!


Manager Of The Year:

Ferguson and Wenger are both brilliant managers and both have had very good 2007’s. Mourinho won two more trophies with Chelsea but is now long gone. These are the usual suspects, what about the others? Steve Coppell has done an amazing job at Reading on very limited resources. Alan Curbishley did well to keep the Happy Hammers up and have had a good first half of this season. Martin Jol did very well to get Spurs to fourth for the second season in a row. The Tottenham board obviously thought not! I felt terrible for Billy Davies, who did an amazing job in getting Derby in to the Premier League and was then sacked when they found themselves bottom of the Premier League. What do these Chairmen expect? Roy Keane, Rafa Benetiz, Mark Hughes and Paul Jewell all had their moments in 2007. However, my manager of the season is David Moyes. His team play good, attractive football, are difficult to beat and they have a wonderful spirit. Ok, things went a bit pear shaped for them last weekend against Oldham but this guy consistently produces good teams and Everton look to be the closest team to the big 4 at the moment. A trophy is the next thing he must deliver to the Goodison faithful. Maybe he can do that in the Carling Cup this year.


Football Website Of The Year:

There could only be one winner!!!!!

Let’s hope 2008 brings us more of the same and plenty of thrills and spills. I wonder who will be player of the year next year. Will there be a Mary Poppins award? You can not rule out anything in the Premier League!

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  • Pongo

    Great articles, keep up the good work.

    My top 5 twats would be
    Vinny Jones (Still hate him)

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